March 1, 2017
So this Lenten intention (and commitment) is simple and I need not complicate it. There are postcards and billboards everywhere, and this morning it was a greeting card hanging in a window of a cute boutique store in Coolidge Corner. “Have courage and be kind.” Roger that. I had just left a “chance” meeting of a courageous soul who is starting over. Courage is often doing something I don’t want to or think I cannot do. Ask for help or prayers or trust the nudge from my gut. Stepping out of my comfort zone. And being kind, well, I am a fairly friendly person but can easily get swept into the frustration of time moving at a different pace than I want it to, or taking something personally that probably has NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. When I pay attention, I see these little fortune cookie directions. And if I am not present, they are there and I miss the mail.
And my next thought is …this is probably a lot less fattening than the Julie and Julia blog experiment. And far less stressful for my husband that gets to live with me if I give up chocolate. And while it never feels appropriate in this season for me to be eating bon bons…I invite you to join me. The amazing sermon I heard this weekend reminded me to remember that even in my well intentioned life and habits, I can miss something directly in front of me. Above me. Or right around the corner.